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Wednesday 17 January 2018

First leader of Operation Transformation revealed

The first Operation Transformation leader - who will inspire a national health kick - has been revealed.

Deirdre O’Donovan, 29, from Carrignavar, Co Cork was surprised by RTE’s Kathryn Thomas this morning when she was told she’s a leader on the RTE health show.

Deirdre said it’s “a great opportunity to change the habits [she’s] picked up over the years”.

The young mum works as a part-time care assistant in Mercy Hospital in Cork where she says patients love to give her sweets and she doesn’t like to refuse.

The new leader says she can have up to four takeaways a week, and lunchtime is 2am in the morning during her night shifts.

Deirdre is happily married to her childhood sweetheart John, but she suffers from depression.

Dr Ciara Kelly from Operation Transformation says Deirdre was chosen because her BMI is “very, very high”, and she will represent a group of Irish people who are “super morbidly obese”. 

Deirdre also has high blood pressure, and her joints – such as her knees, back and hips – all ache, which points to the onset of arthritis, Dr Kelly said.

“Deirdre is caring for everybody but herself,” the doctor added.

The Corkonian and her husband John have been together since they were 14 and are living in Cork with their 2 children, Sean (12) and Will (2), who has special needs.

Deirdre has struggled with her weight from a young age.

She has successfully lost weight in the past and managed to get down to 9st 9lbs for her wedding 7 years ago, but since then she has almost doubled in size.

With her 30th birthday just around the corner, she is dreading the thought of the big party and is determined to finally get her weight under control.

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